Advent: December 18 – God’s Great Enemy

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Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”

  • Genesis 3:1

 

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

  • 1 Peter 5:8 – 10

 

Last week we saw some of the most beautiful parts of God’s story: God before the beginning, the creation of this world, the making of men and women in God’s image, and all of this being very good.  This week we will plunge into a dark and dangerous part of the story as we look at Satan’s attempts to spoil God’s creation.

 

We don’t think much about Satan at Christmas, but we should.  After all, in Revelation 12 we see that when Jesus entered our world, Satan was there as a great dragon, eager to devour God’s salvation.

 

Throughout God’s story Satan is named in a variety of ways.  He is called the devil, the dragon, the serpent, the enemy, the tempter, the murderer, the father of lies, the accuser, the destroyer, and the evil one.  All these titles point to the reality that Satan is bent on our destruction because we have been made in the image of God and Satan hates God.

 

Sadly, many of us do not navigate life with the perspective that a real spiritual battle is being waged for our soul.  Satan is prowling around like a lion looking for people to devour.  Even this Christmas, he wants to ruin us.  He wants to overwhelm us with lies, loneliness, condemnation, and shame.  He wants to destroy faith, hope, and love.

 

So today, battle Satan by praising God for his goodness and his grace.  Praise God that Jesus came to restore what Satan wants to destroy.  Praise God that in Jesus, Satan cannot outwit us, for we are not unaware of his schemes.  And we have a Savior who is more crafty than the serpent!

 

A Moment to Reflect

What sticks out to you from Genesis 3:1 and 1 Peter 5:8 – 10?

 

 

 

 

 

What is Satan trying to destroy in your life this Christmas?

 


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